News: M1005 Stresemann Announced

Pelikan M1005 Black/Anthracite StresemannRumors of the M1005 Stresemann began early last year and it was widely expected that we would see it hit the market sometime in late 2018.  The year came and went without such an announcement suggesting that the release had been pushed back with a new estimated arrival set for the first quarter of 2019.  The wait is now over as word of the upcoming M1005 Stresemann finally broke today from the Netherlands courtesy of our friends at Appelboom.  This new model will join the M805 (2015) and the M405 (2016) in the same finish.   The M1005 will be the largest model to sport the anthracite stripes and is a welcome addition to a line that hasn’t seen a refresh in some time.  The last M10xx model not host to an ultra limited Maki-e or Raden finish was the M1005 black released seven years ago in 2013.  In case you’re new to the blog or brand and may be unaware of the origins of the Stresemann finish, allow me to explain from where the designation derives.  The former foreign minister of the Weimar Republic and Nobel prize recipient, Gustav Stresemann (1879-1929), had a proclivity for wearing suits with thin stripes which became something of a defining trait.  After a time, people started drawing parallels between Pelikan’s now well-known striped pattern and the Stresemann look resulting in the nick-name that has persisted to this day. 

Pelikan M1005 Black/Anthracite Stresemann

The M1005’s anthracite finish will be derived from cellulose acetate.  Like its predecessors, the cap, section, and piston knob will be made of black resin offset by palladium plated furniture.  The M1005 is a hefty pen measuring 5.79 inches long when capped and weighing an impressive 1.14 ounces.  The stated ink capacity is something like 1.35mL.  The trim on the body includes two rings at the piston knob and one on the section while the cap will sport two bands at the lip with a palladium plated single chick logo on the crown.  The nib is a monster sized shard of 18C-750 gold completely plated in rhodium, giving it a monotone appearance that blends nicely with the rest of the aesthetic.  The sheer size of the nib imparts a springy feel with an added character largely absent from the rest of the Souverän line-up.  It should be available in the standard sizes of EF, F, M, and B with the caveat that the EF version will likely run you extra.  Pricing will vary by vendor and country with current details suggesting that those in the U.S. shopping overseas can expect to pay somewhere around $600-650 before any discounts are applied.  Domestic pricing here in the U.S. has yet to be announced but will almost certainly be a few hundred dollars more (I’m guessing somewhere in the $800-900 range).  Unlike the prior models of the same finish, I would not anticipate either rollerball or ballpoint versions to accompany the fountain pen.  The M1005 Black/Anthracite Stresemann is slated for a mid-February release putting it out about a month ahead of the 1929 Herzstück.  It looks like this will be a special edition release rather than a regular addition to the line.  This means that these won’t hang out for long once the production run is over.


Pelikan M1005 Black/Anthracite Stresemann


I adore my M405 and M805 Black/Anthracite versions of this finish but they do pale somewhat against the M815 Metal Striped which came out last year.  I can’t help but feel that the Stresemann should have been what the Metal Striped is.  Because I already own two different sized pens with the same finish, I feel comfortable passing on this one but I’m sure this will be a must have for many, particularly those who have lamented the lack of new and relatively affordable finishes amongst the line’s flagship.  I have heard many comment that the release of this one would equate to instant grail status.  The only active production Souverän now missing the anthracite pattern is the M605 line and I’ll be interested to see if Pelikan makes moves to remedy that in the next year or two.

Pelikan M1005 Black/Anthracite Stresemann


UPDATED 1/19/19:  Post updated with higher resolution as well as additional photos.  The text was also updated to reflect the fact that this will be a special production model instead of a regular addition to the line-up.


18 responses

  1. Great news Joshua! This one is a must have for me, I love the grey Stresemann look. Yes, the Metal Striped is much showier, but I fell for this one first. I plan to preorder one as soon as I see how the pricing settles out… it will be my first new pen of 2019.

    And as always, thank you for a great article with some good news!


    • You’re welcome. This will make a great first pen of the year. I think that the pricing I have seen from overseas vendors looks pretty good. Depending on the exchange rate, I’m looking at $530-545 from several vendors once discounts are applied.


  2. Hi Joshua, I enjoy your posts very much, even though I don’t buy too many more Pelikan pens since I already own about 5 or 6. Here’s my question: Almost all my pens, Pelikan, Schaefer, Parker, Aurora, you name it ? expensive ones?- almost always do not write smoothly or


    • Thanks for reading. I appreciate a fellow enthusiast with restraint. Sadly not my strength. The price of the pen, I find, has no correlation to how well it writes. Many factors go into that. The paper and ink you choose and the way you hold your pen make big impacts. Also, expensive pens may not come with the best aligned tines which I find is the most common cause of lack of smoothness. Usually this is easily remedied. I try to always budget in the services of a nib meister when buying a new pen. A tune and smooth is usually fairly cheap and can be quite satisfying.


  3. Thanks for the news; glad it’s being added to the line! I have the M805 as well. So, I think I’ll pass. Although, I think it’s a great looking pen. I agree though that it’s less attractive than the metal striped.

    Have yet to receive a M1XXX. I like the M8XX size so well, I just haven’t gotten one yet. Since I haven’t gotten a green/black Pelikan I may get a M1000 in that color or I may stick with M800. I just haven’t decided yet. Been debating for a while. I would like to try a M1000 nib though.


  4. Very good news, thanks!

    I do have the M805 and my wife the M405. And I also agree that the M815 Metal Stripes looks much better than the Stresemann. Still, its very likely that I’ll get this one, since Pelikan rarely releases a M100x.

    Have you heard if this is a SE or regular addition to the line?
    It would be awesome if they continued to offer this as a regular production.

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    • That is what I’ve been struggling with as well. I don’t need the finish since I have the M805 and M405. This is a special edition so it will only have availability for a limited time. I hate to miss out but I still think I’ll let others enjoy this one. That will let me save my pennies for the 1929.


  5. Those who want to buy, should not forget that it is a special edition, i.e. time-limited.
    “The pen is a special edition and will be time limited. “


  6. Having the Metal Striped pen obviates the “need” for this model for me. However, Pelikan got me with the Herzstuck model, so Pelikan is still coming out ahead, as it always seems to do!


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  8. I am a latecomer to this discussion and chances are no one — especially the author — will ever see my comments. Nevertheless I was reminded of the fact that I have never understood pen collectors who think that the tin finish (they call it “Rhodium,” but it looks like the cheap fork I eat with) is the ne plus ultra finish. I was educated in Vienna where schoolchildren of all ages were required — and I suspect still are — to write in ink. Some of the less fortunate boys used inexpensive dip pens and each double school desk had an inkwell in the top center for them. We who could, used fountain pens and that was when I obtained my first green-striped (now vintage) Pelikan. Too long ago to recall any model number and alas it has been lost in the fog of time. I probably wore it out. The one certain thing I recall is that it was in gold trim. When I became financially established I acquired every Pelikan Souverän model — and Montblancs and Viscontis and Pilots … you can fill in a page of fine brands. Every Pelikan writes superbly well. One common element: every one of all my pens is in gold trim, and I actually feel unwilling to use a tin-trimmed pen. Therefore I am asking the author who feels the opposite way, what it is that he finds attractive about those trims? To me they look cheap, and they even ruin the gold nibs by also making them tin colored. I find it a bit mental, and am anxious to see someone delineate what they see in it. I know tastes vary, but to me gold has a certain je ne se quoi that the tin can never evoke. I also chuckled at a blogger claiming that a gold-trimmed Stresemann did not feel right in his grip, but the tinny version is perfect. Odd, to say the least. One thing we all agree on is that nothing can equal the Pelikan experience, not even a Montblanc Monteczuma, or any Urushi or Maki-e or other visually and technically complicated finish for thousands of dollars. An M1000 Stresemann for $695 is a much more worthy acquisition.
    Best wishes to all,
    A. Saunders MD, FAAOS, FACS (Emeritus)


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